From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:
Have you tried challenging and changing your thought process from “What if…?” worries to “How can I….?” worries? Sometimes life can be overwhelming and when faced with a stressful situation, our bodies want to immediately search for all the reasons something can go wrong. Instead, step back, take a deep breath, and process your stressor. We need to learn to change our process about how we stress and seek a way to work the concern.
Try the 5-step worry guide to challenge your worries:
- What’s the evidence that the thought is true? That it’s not true?
- Is there a more positive, realistic way of looking at the situation?
- What’s the probability that what I’m scared of will actually happen? If the probability is low, what are some more likely outcomes?
- Is the thought helpful? How will worrying about it help me and how will it hurt me?
- What would I say to a friend who had this worry?
“Stress and confusion come from being busy. Peace and clarity come from slowing down and stilling your waters.” – Maxime Lacace
Part of being a community is being there for each other, and you’ve been doing that for us for the last 9 months. We’re stronger together than we are apart, and we’re so lucky to have you in our corner.
While we are all connecting with the Community Center from home, it’s more important than ever for you to reach out and let us know if there are things we could be doing better. Please get in touch if you have thoughts, questions, or concerns about ways we can best support you and our community through the coming weeks.